If you go into any pet food store you will see claims of "Grain Free" plastered all over pet foods. The question becomes - should I feed my dog a grain-free diet?
Most dog food recipes found on the internet are not complete and balanced - here are the 14 nutrients that are usually left out of homemade dog food recipes.
There is an entire subset of dogs that are more picky - they may like food one day, but not the next. The typical picky dog may rotate through many different types of food or toppers in order to keep things interesting. Personally I have seen more picky Chihuahua’s, finicky Huskies, selective Shi Tzus, fussy Yorkies and choosy Doodles than any other breeds. However the truly picky dog can be rather rare - most picky pups actually have other reasons why they might not want to eat.
According to AAFCO (the Association of American Feed Control Officials), and the NRC (the National Research Council) there are four main "essential" fatty acids for dogs: Linoleic acid, alpha-Linolenic acid, arachidonic acid, Eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA), and Docosahexaenoic acid.
Choosing your dog's food can be a very overwhelming process, and so many people seem to have opinions of what is best for your pup and your family. But truth is that the best food for one dog is NOT the best food for another, and no dog food is universally good for all dogs. There are SIX main considerations to keep in mind when choosing a food that is appropriate for your pet - Age, Lifestyle, Breed, Medical Conditions, Type of Food, and Budget. Depending on your pet or your situation one of these categories may play a bigger role than the others.